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What Cats Can Teach Us About Attitude

by Holly Abidi 4 years ago in cat
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Get some cattitude people—like the little gray kitten that inspired my story!

Gandor Kitten, Photo by Holly Abidi

Cats can teach us how to master an attitude to survive. I was recently inspired to write this because of one little kitten that impressed me. We live on a farm and somehow this little grey kitten wandered into my yard. I have my other outdoor cats, and cats can be hostile to strangers. However, this little kitten was not the least phased and went over to everyone to be friends. Even if they didn't "like" the idea at all.

He wasn't overly confident, submissive even, but he didn't shy away. Even when meeting my dogs for the first time, he kept calm. He managed to cope so well with all the new sites, sounds, and other animals that I admired him immediately. Needless to say, he's a new family member.

Cats are not spiteful, aggressive, and mean. Humans can have bad attitudes and it can harm themselves, and even more so others. It’s a bad attitude that we all loath. Some may say cats can be mean and aggressive, but ask yourself, are they in a good environment and happy? This goes for humans too.

Cats can teach us to be ourselves. They have an attitude that makes them genuine and guilt-free, so that they can live life to its fullest. Perhaps we cannot emulate this exactly, because as humans we do have much to stress about. However, I think we can at least try to have a positive outlook and keep our attitude in check.

Positivity can go a long way in making life amazing—like it should be. Even better, positivity is almost contagious, though the same goes for a bad attitude, so be aware and strive to be better. Think about it, who really wants this in life? Like nobody. Which do you think we should pass on?

“Change your attitude and you change your life.You cannot control what happens to you in your life, but you can always control how you respond to it. The way you choose to respond is a reflection of your attitude. By changing your attitude, you also change your perspective and change your life.”—Roy Bennett

It's so hard in life to cope when even those closest to you are good at tearing us down. We have to be resilient, much like this little grey kitten that must have been abandon on the side of the road and perhaps traveled very far to find my farm. He must have been through a lot. Yet, he could cope tremendously well, all because of his calm attitude.

I know cats and he could have been afraid, and acting out, and aggressive, all because he felt he was threatened. Instead, he simply stayed calm, nuzzled up to the other hesitant cats, and made friends. Yet, there are some people that act spiteful, aggressive, and have a rotten attitude. Why is that? Why don't we be nice to one another? We most certainly are capable of understanding that being rude, spiteful, and having a bad attitude is harmful. Yet, some still behave this way.

People could learn a thing or two from our feline friends. I think we should adopt the same take cats have on this, to be calm and confident and learn to cope better. Cats don’t care what you think about them. This little kitten didn't care if anyone liked him, which they didn't at first. He just wanted to be friendly, loving, and do his own thing. Cats really don’t do anything in their mind that is wrong either. So having said that, I think we owe it to ourselves to be good human beings and the world is full of ups and downs, I do get that, but we must rise above them. Can we? I like to think we can.

Plus, cats aren’t afraid to seek comfort. If my cat is scared or not feeling well, they will seek their owner’s love and affection. They heal their spirits in no time. My one cat had a surgery to save her life, after she was miserable. She wasn’t eating and she felt really terrible, even though recovery was good. It was heartbreaking, but I knew what she needed the most, my love and attention. She accepted and was back to the mend in no time. Don’t let your ego and pride rule you. Honestly, life’s too short to bicker and hold onto the grudge of life, cats know it. Be open and shrug stuff off. Be open to others offering you comfort and goodness. Even just thinking this and not letting negativity overrule the good, means we are winning.

Cats know how to play and have fun too. Let live and just be. Cats are pretty good at being funny and they give their whole heart to their game. When they are playing for instance they can get into it. So much so they look clumsy or will take leaps without a worry (often with things tumbling over and breaking, no biggy, no shame). I can’t say how many times I played with kittens and had to watch out for them so they didn’t jump into something or run into a wall. Sounds silly, and they are, one reason why we love them so much. The point being, that sometimes we need to play, let loose, and be carefree and approach life with the right cattitude.

Until next time have an ameowzing day!

Gandor, the little gray kitten that could

Photo by Holly Abidi

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About the author

Holly Abidi

I'm passionate about sharing my forms of art with others, be it writing, photography, or design. If you like it, love it, share it, and let me know. I'm always up for a friendly chat. Visit @abidiahsdesigninc

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